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Hello all family and friends!

With great excitement, we started our adoption journey in August 2008. We are now first time parents through adoption of an 8-year-old son from Thailand. We have chosen to build our family through the adoption of a son from Thailand because this is where we feel God is leading us right now.

It took 1 year and 9 months to bring Ray home and it was totally worth it!

We appreciate all of your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Ann & Bryan

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I-800A Approval

We just got our I-800A approval notice in the mail today! WOW! I was told to expect this would take 90 days to be approved. That means it took less than 30 days from the day the USCIS received it officially!!! Yipee! Things are moving along just wonderfully. Now we just need to hope they continue to progress at this fast rate and that the TRC and the DSDW will approve our match and approve the adoption of Ray in the earliest possible time frame (4 months is the early estimate).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dossier Off To Thailand

WACAP sent our dossier off to Thailand this afternoon after receiving it from the month-long US verification journey through Washington state and the Thai Embassy in DC. We're SO excited!!! One step closer to the 20-hour flight to finally meeting our son most likely this year in Bangkok!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Finger Printing Next Step

We got our finger printing appointment in the mail today. We're set to be in Milwaukee on Thursday, Feb. 12th at Noon. Of course, this is slightly inconvenient since that same night is opening night of the musical I'm performing in on stage in Egg Harbor...but we'll make it work! No rescheduling for us...onward and fast as we can!!!
Why are we adopting internationally and not domestically?
While we think adopting domestically is extremely important, our hearts are drawn to the waiting children in other countries. Some of our closest friends and relatives have adopted, are adopted themselves, or are planning to adopt internationally. This has been a wonderful experience for them, as I am confident our adoption will be for us.

Why are we adopting from Thailand?
The number one reason is simply...that's where our son is living right now. Also, the Thai people are extremely laid back and friendly and the adoption process is very straight forward in Thailand and has been around for decades so there should be no surprises or corruption. After researching our other options, the requirements to adopt from Thailand fit our requirements. If we decide to adopt again, we will reevaluate the different countries and domestic programs.